Gifts that Give Back, Part II

On Monday I featured 15 gifts under $50 that give back. For Part II of this series, I have 15 more products priced between $50-$100 that I am just dying to share! Some of these items are on sale, so be sure to scroll down to read about the company behind the product and see the updated price!

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01. Vintage Alpca Blanket in Olive ($99) 02. Gold Plate Lapis Lazuli Studs - Afghanistan ($99) 03. Women's Rain Boots ($89) 04. Armor Necklace ($76) 05. The Rae Vest & The Suttonfield Vest ($68 each) 06. Merlot Camera Strap ($85) 07. The Benson Backpack in Nautical Stone ($95) 08. Waxed Cotton Vest  ($75) 09. Regal Necklace  ($98) 10. Aqua Strength and Dignity Bangle ($64) 11. Pendleton Motor Robe Blanket With Carrier ($99) Wine Crate  ($99) 13. Yami Contrast Cross Body Bag  ($88) 14. Wine Tote  ($88) 15. Vaughan Eastern Bluebird Fade  ($95)


01. Vintage Alpca Blanket in Olive ($99, sackcloth & ashes) - When you purchase this blanket, sackcloth & ashes will donate one of their fleece blankets to your local homeless shelter. The company was founded in 2013 by Bob Dalton after saw his hardworking mother lose almost everything she had. He realized that not all choose to be homeless, some just need a second chance, and he wanted to help.  

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02. Gold Plate Lapis Lazuli Studs - Afghanistan ($99, Far & Wide Collection) - Far & Wide partners with some of the most talented artisians in post-conflict and emerging economies and introduces them to the international market through e-Commerce. These earrings were made by Shugufa Yousofzai. Ms. Yousofzai was raised in Pakistan, but moved to Kabul after the fall of the Taliban. Now a happily married mother of one, she is running her own business and advising several Afghan women associations and businesses. 

03. Women's Rain Boots ($89, Roma Boots) -  I couldn't decide between the red or the yellow, or the green, or blue, or all the other colors on the website! Roma boots was found in 2001 by Samuel Bistrian after he  visited Romania for the first time since immigrating to America from the remote village of Benesti in pre-revolutionary, communist Romania. He saw that children were still facing the same struggles of poverty that he did, and many had to trudge through the rain and snow without adequate shoes. He knew he had to help. With every pair of Roma Boots sold, a brand new pair of Roma Boots is donated to a child in need and 10% of the sales proceeds go to the Roma For All Foundation.

04. Armor Necklace ($76, Matterial Fix) - For every necklace sold, Matterial Fix gives $7.60 to Peruvian Hearts, a non-profit organization that is working to end poverty and gender inequality in Peru by educating adolescent girls. I also featured Matterial Fix in the first part of this series, but I had to feature them again. Matterial fix believes that with support, girls around the world can become self-award young women who are empowered to make choices that play a meaningful role in ending the cycle of poverty. By supporting girls, you can change their lives, the lives of their families, and their communities. I can't think of a better reason to buy jewelry.

05. The Rae Vest & The Suttonfield Vest ($68 each, Swellas) - I decided to feature two vests from Swellas because Swellas gives back in TWO ways. (01) Swellas helps provide a brand new winter coats to impoverished children throughout the United States through Operation Warm. So far, they have provided coats to 1.2 million children living in 41 states. (02) Swellas believes in corporate social responsibility. Swellas upcycles whenever possible and crafts their jackets from quality materials that would have otherwise ended up in landfills. They prioritize social equity, pay fair wages, and meet the highest standards of work place safety. That’s a jacket you can feel good about wearing.

06. Merlot Camera Strap ($85, Fotostrap) - I love the look of this camera strap & that it can be MONOGRAMMED. It's called the camera strap that gives back because 10% of the profits go to Fotolanthropy, a nonprofit that captures and shares inspiring true stories of people that have overcome adversity through photography and film. One of the people honored through film is United States Army SSG Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne. 


07. The Benson Backpack in Nautical Stone ($95: on sale for $71.25, Stone + Cloth) - If you can't tell, I'm really digging their nautical stone fabric. Matthew Clough traveled to Tanzania to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro with a group of students. After they reached the peak and begun the descent, he learned that the porter that had carried his rucksack all week, Benson, didn’t make enough money to send a child to school. When he got home, he bought a sewing machine, channeled his passion for design, and created what is now their flagship piece. Their line of products have expanded since then, but the purpose remains the same. By purchasing this backpack, you help provide scholarships for students in need. 

08. Waxed Cotton Vest  (Updated: $75 - $105, Found My Animal) - Found My Animal created their first three-strand, hand-spliced, whipped rope leash in 2006. So many people stopped on the street to admire the nautical leads that they founded Found My Animal so dog owners everywhere can promote animal adoption by letting their pets wear their values. In addition to raising awareness about animal welfare, Found My Animal also donates to animal rescue foundations and features adoptable rescue pets on their website!

09. Regal Necklace  ($98, Red Earth) - Red Earth cultivates hope and opportunity through commerce and their support of artisans around the world. They believe that small companies are a vital part of lifting families out of poverty and work to help artisans better organize and manage their businesses to be optimized for growth. They also provide interest free loans, for anything from new roofs for their homes to new equipment for their workshops, that can be repaid through purchase orders. This necklace was made by Raymond at his business, Tribal Eye, just outside Nairobi, Kenya. As Tribal Eye continues to grow, he hopes to provide skill and employment by training local youth.

10. Aqua Strength and Dignity Bangle ($64, Matterial Fix) - I told you I liked them. When you buy this bangle, Matterial Fix will give $6.40 to Peruvian Hearts, a non-profit organization that is working to end poverty and gender inequality in Peru by educating adolescent girls. Besides providing much needed support to girls around the world, they have so many amazing pieces! I am definitely mentioning them in my letter to Santa. 

11. Pendleton Motor Robe Blanket With Carrier ($99: currently on sale for $74, United by Blue) - Pendleton is a truly American Brand. In the early 20th century, these blankets were a warm welcome when traveling by horse-drawn carriage, train or boat. These blankets still feature the finest 100% pure virgin wool woven in Pendleton's own American mills, but now they are welcome at crisp autumn football games, warm summer picnics, or just curling up at home. Pendleton believes in supporting its community, its country, and the planet through partnerships with nonprofits. United by Blue shares the belief that businesses have an opportunity to affect real and meaningful change. That’s why UBB pledges to remove one pound of trash from oceans and waterways through company organized and hosted cleanups for every product sold.

12. Wine Crate  ($99, FEED) - Every product Feed sells has a measurable donation attached to it. Through this program, Feed has provided over 3.6 million children with Vitamin A supplements and 85 million meals globally through partnerships with the WFP, Feeding America, and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Now they’ve partnered with west elm to create a collection of classic kitchen staples that FEED America. Every wine crate sold provides 47 meals in America.

13. Yami Contrast Cross Body Bag  ($88, Raven + Lily) - Women vulnerable to labor trafficking in Addis Ababa intricately stitch locally sourced leather to create this Raven + Lilly essential! The leather bags help alleviate poverty among these women and are part of The Ethiopia Collection, which also includes statement jewelry empowering HIV+ women in Ethiopia. In addition to The Ethiopian Collection, Raven + Lilly has four additional collections: The India Collection (gorgeous papers, journals, jewelry, + soaps that empower marginalized women in Northern India & organic totes that help employ women freed from the sex trade); The Cambodia Collection (eco-friendly, hand-printed apparel made with love by women in Cambodia); The Kenya Collection (hand-beaded jewelry made by Maasai women from the Esiteti community empowered to eradicate FGM from their community + to be the first generation to send girls to school); and The USA Collection (soy candles empowering formerly homeless women in Los Angeles & apparel made by refugee women in Austin, TX). 

14. Wine Tote  ($88, Apolis + Scribe) - Apolis is a small group of social entrepreneurs who believe that the most valuable practice in creating lasting change is by investing in people. Their  “Advocacy Through Industry” model is founded on the simple idea that people can live better lives when they are given equal access to the global marketplace. Each bag is handcrafted by a co-op of artisan women in Bangladesh and is then finished in California to fit two bottles of wine in the side pockets and the rest of your picnic in the middle.

15. Vaughan Eastern Bluebird Fade  ($95, Warby Parker) - Instead of the typical one for one model, Warby Parker tallies up the number of glasses sold and makes a monthly donation to their nonprofit partners. They understand that donating is often a temporary solution and it is rarely sustainable. Warby Parker’s donations allow their partners to train men and women to sell glasses that fit with local styles, work well, and make the wearer feel incredible for affordable prices. Using this model, Warby Parker has helped distribute 1 million pairs of glasses to people in need by training 18,0001 men and women in 35 countries.